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Brady wants to 'repay' Burnley for bringing him back to the Premier League

The Ireland winger says he spoke to Jeff Hendrick about the club before joining.

Brady completed his move on deadline day.
Brady completed his move on deadline day.
Image: Burnley FC/Twitter

ROBBIE BRADY HAS described his move to Burnley as a ‘fantastic opportunity’ as he looks forward to plying his trade back in the Premier League.

The Ireland international yesterday signed a three-and-a-half year deal with the top-flight club after two years with Norwich City.

Manager Sean Dyche had identified Brady as a primary target during the January transfer window and his stature was underlined by Burnley’s willingness to break their club record fee to secure his signature.

The 25-year-old arrives at Turf Moor with a growing reputation and will link-up with close friend Jeff Hendrick and Stephen Ward in Lancashire.

“For me to get the opportunity and the manager to give me the opportunity to play here is fantastic,” he told Burnley’s website.

“I’ll grab it with both hands and hopefully I can do my bit to help out the lads. It’s a great move for myself and the people to show faith in me to take me here is something I’m very grateful for and hopefully I can repay them.

“It’s massive [to be back in the Premier League], it’s so important, it’s where everyone wants to be.

Queens Park Rangers v Norwich City - Sky Bet Championship - Loftus Road Brady joined from Norwich for a reported £13 million. Source: EMPICS Sport

“It’s been a fantastic start to the season, it looks like a club going in the right direction and I’m just buzzing that the manager has shown enough faith in me to want to take me here and hopefully I can repay him.

“Obviously, he has [Hendrick] filled me in and he’s been a long-time friend of mine so all the positives I’ve got from him. He hasn’t told me any negatives, I’m not sure there’s too many but he’s filled me in and I’m buzzing to get going.”

Tuesday’s 1-0 win over champions Leicester continued Burnley’s impressive home form and sees the club sitting in ninth position in the Premier League in their first season back at this level.

As well as the addition of Brady, Dyche also strengthened his squad with the signing of midfielder Ashley Westwood from Aston Villa.

“He is a different type, he can play in a couple of different positions and was hungry with a desire to be back in the Premier League and we want him to take on that challenge,” the manager said of Brady.

“It’s been a tough deal to get through, that one, and we’re delighted to have him and Ashley here.

“They both have different strengths to them, and they add to the group – and I mean that because I believe in the group.”

Brady could make his Burnley debut in Saturday’s visit to Watford.

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